This laptop bag does it all. Grab the padded handle to carry it like a briefcase. Sling the removable strap over a shoulder like a messenger bag. Pull out the hide-away back straps and wear it as a day pack. Timbuk2's $100 Outtawhack -- so-called because it rides lopsided on your back -- has a generous laptop pocket, with the brand's signature soft corduroy lining, for models up to 17 inches. A second zippered compartment is lined with waterproof vinyl (timbuk2.com).
G-and-T will soon stand for gin and tea. Darjeeling tea is one flavor in a new line of seasonal gins rolling out this spring. House Spirits, a distillery in Corvallis, Ore., known for its Medoyeff Vodka, concocted the idea with Michael Hebberoy, the young chef behind Gotham Bldg Tavern restaurant in Portland, Ore. First up: GBT Summer Gin, flavored with tarragon, lavender, cucumber, verbena, and orange peel, a twist on Pimm's Cup, a British mixed drink. Come fall, the collaborators will unleash GBT Winter Gin, steeped with a mix of Darjeeling, toasted carob, nutmeg, fenugreek, cranberries, and coriander. The gins are expected to sell for between $35 and $40 per bottle.
Canyon Ranch is putting the "om" in home. In Miami, more than 85% of the 617 oceanfront condominiums at Canyon Ranch Living have been sold, with prices starting at $1.3 million. The "healthy living community," with interiors designed by star architect David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group, is scheduled to open in early 2007. The complex features a hotel, several spa-cuisine restaurants, and a 70,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, as well as personalized programs for nutrition, weight loss, and disease prevention.
Now the Tucson-based resort is close to finalizing plans to extend the brand to high-rise properties in Chicago, Washington, and Dallas, and is looking to expand into New York, Seattle, and San Diego, says Kevin Kelly, president of Canyon Ranch, which is partially owned by Crescent Real Estate Equities (CEI). "These lifestyle communities give people a leg up finding some balance in their lives," Kelly says. And they are starting young: The average age of a Miami purchaser is 43.
A flock of rarely seen John James Audubon illustrations will be at the New York Historical Society now through May 7. An Audubon show has become a rite of spring at the museum, but each of the Society's 435 watercolors is shown only every 10 years because of light sensitivity. The 2006 show includes the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, the Sandhill Crane, and the Bald Eagle (nyhistory.org).